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Hemp for Victory

Published 1942

US government propaganda film made during WWII touting the virtues of hemp. The film was aimed at farmers at a time when the miltary was facing a shortage of hemp, it shows how hemp is grown and processed into rope and other products.

You can find more information regarding this film on its IMDb page.

Run time 13:51
Sponsor US Department of Agriculture
Audio/Visual sound, b&w


Reviewer: GibsonMartin - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - August 12, 2016
Subject: Just what is a reefer?
At 5:00 the narrator used the word reefer as if it were a grade of hemp I thought, so: There are 2 derivations. One is from the German reef or rope, ergo rope maker. The other is from the Mexican Spanish grifa or marijuana with the soft g not apparent to English speakers. Now I know why sailors preferred that Moroccan rope. In these difficult economic times, just remember what Freewheelin' Frank always says; Dope will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times with no dope
Reviewer: glenn - favorite - May 18, 2016
Subject: Hemp for Victory

Hemp could save our planet by reducing or eliminating the need for 'harvesting' trees and 'obtaining' oil, as well as providing a good protein source, medicines etc... it's possible even to make products similar to fiberglass, glue laminated beams for construction.
Reviewer: janegreen - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - October 4, 2015
Subject: hemp is marijuana, marijuana is hemp
There appears to be a few morons who believe that hemp and marijuana are different plants. They are NOT. the hemp used for cordage and fabric et al is Cannabis sativa. Cannabis sativa does contain THC the main psychoactive component.

The only real difference is the cultivation method used. Plants grown close together grow very tall, often as tall as 20 feet plus and produce fewer flowers in fact usually only the top cola and grown as an industrial crop the female plants are fertilized and produce seed, itself a valuable crop.

Certainly there would, if the plant were again to be cultivated for its fibre a few idiots who would take advantage of the relaxation of the laws governing its cultivation but really they would soon return to the illegal market for their product, because while despite the claims of some that industrial cannabis contains little THC it does contain it usually between 1 and 5% by weight in the flowers If left unpollinated.

For its use as a drug it is best if the plants are grown further apart kept short by topping and male plants removed as soon as they appear even then it is extremely difficult to prevent pollination and the destruction of the drug crop if there are other cultivators in the area crowing the plant for its fibre content. In fact if the plant were again to be legalised for commercial industrial use, the presence of its pollen would be ubiquitous and it would be virtually impossible except in very carefully controlled and indoor environments to grow the plant for its use as a drug. Besides which the bog standard industrial C. sativa is a terrible smoke, it will get you high but if you want the real thing grow one of the cultivars which grow shorter with with more branches if planted wide apart and produce many more flowering heads (colas) and they have been developed for their special purpose whether for medicinal use or for recreational purposes.

BUT do not confuse yourself HEMP and The herb Cannabis are the same plant, Marijuana is merely a Mexican slang word for the stuff used to vilify the plant and confuse legislators and apparently a lot of the commentators on here.
Reviewer: bratindividual - favorite - June 13, 2014
Subject: hemp movie
STOP! This version is corrupted. Halfway through the film, the sound and picture become un-synchronized. Waste of time.

Only one other person seems to have noticed. Makes you wonder?
Reviewer: Poe1809 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - August 10, 2011
Subject: .
These reviews are better than the film. I'm guessing that, unlike myself who typed in 'WWII' in the search bar, the majority here typed in some nonsense about legalizing pot, and, seeing the film, decided to post some cliche monkey crap about the many uses of the plant, all conveniently overlooking the fact that you had to put down the lighter, wipe your eyes with your NORML t-shirt, and dig out your approved argument list (government's bad, corporations are bad, pot is good) to make that happen.

Anyway, as for the film, as for WWII propaganda films, this one is just ok. I am, however, giving it a full five stars thanks to the awesome replies.
Reviewer: Dr Feel Rotten - - December 14, 2010
Subject: You can write all day of it's benefits
And you'll be right, but the powers that be simply dont care because they make more money from free prison labor and to have such an abundance of free prison labor they have to keep the public in a constant state of ill informed fear that these horrible drugs, once even so much as looked at will rot your kids brains and turn them into space monkeys or criminal gangs hell bent of world domination and they cant have that because the criminal gangs currently dominating the world will NEVER let their boots off the necks of the population. That is the reason all "illicit" drugs are distributed ONLY by illegal, criminal gangs. If legit businesses ran them in an orderly and sane fashion the criminal gangs would lose out and fear would evaporate. Make sure to vote and when you do know you're voting for criminal gangs to keep ruining your lives.
For the record one BIG reason hemp was all but criminalized was so the Duponts and his petro gang pals could dominate the world with no fear whatsoever of any kind of reasonable competition. It had NOTHING whatever to do with actual drug usage or public health. If public health was ever remotely a concern alcohol would have remained illegal and health care would have been free to every American. The drug scare was a ruse to get congress to go along with the schemes and also to make sure they had that abundance of free prison labor.
Reviewer: CartoonChick - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - December 9, 2010
Subject: Hemp for Video
Hemp is cool. This film is somewhat dull, yet informative.

Download the other version of this video. This one has audio/video synchronization problems.

I made a version with closed captions and an interactive trancript. You can check it out here:
Leave a comment if you note a mistake and I'll gladly correct it.
Reviewer: mpjw - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - September 8, 2009
Subject: Hemp for Food
"A pound of hemp seed would provide all the protein, essential fatty acids, and dietary fiber necessary for human survival for two weeks."

"No other single plant sources have globular proteins that contain all the essential amino acids in such an easily digestible form, the enzymes, the friendly bacteria and the essential fatty acids in such a perfect ratio to meet nutritional needs."
Reviewer: RonaldKubik - - May 17, 2009
Subject: Hemp Controversy
This is the one download here where the reviews are more interesting than the movie itself!
Reviewer: jeffrey92 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - June 15, 2007
Subject: Hemp for Victory
Film is a little dull, but it is informal.

Two things one should know about hemp.
1. It is not marijuana. This has been stated before, but I will repeat it.

2. Hemp is not completely illegal. As stated in the film, you just need a special permit to grow it, which is true.

For the record, I don't smoke, or do drugs, because it's stupid. But even more stupid are the people that overlook great environmental pluses just because a plant is related to one used as a drug.

I am not an environmentalist either, and I am not the type of person that rides my bike all the time just because I think that not driving will make a difference. I don't care about those small things. But because hemp has such a huge gain over cotton, or trees, it just can't be overlooked. I even bought myself a 55% hemp hoodie online and love it. Hemp isn't just good for paper and rope you know.
Reviewer: Riparian - favorite - June 15, 2007
Subject: Nostalgic look back
A rather dull exposition of old fashioned farming techniques which could only seem sensational to people unaware that "hemp" has historically had practical uses other than as a drug.

I am leery of prohibitions, but I am doubtful that hemp is, in practical fact, any great loss as an agricultural product. I am pretty sure that the main and very likely the ONLY reason it's lamented as such is as political propiganda by those wanting pot legalized.

A brief look at some of the other reviews here would seem to reveal that "hemp", at least the drug-potent variety, is widely grown and consumed today, prohibition or no! For example, the possibly cannabis-inspired suggestion that if only "hemp" were legal, we would not need oil, which we only want because we're "greedy". In fact, even if we could eschew FOOD, and dedicate ALL our agricultural output to energy use, it would supply only a fraction of our energy needs, and (without oil) we'd still have to find some other way to satisfy our "greed" for things like keeping warm, keeping cool, powering lights; --and computers, and thousands of other things spoiled rich kids in Che Guevera tee-shirts take for granted.
Reviewer: Diaboyos - favoritefavorite - November 12, 2006
Subject: Runtime??
It says the runtime is 13:51 but every file that I've downloaded only lasts 3:58.
Reviewer: tehnull - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - August 9, 2006
Subject: the truth about cannabis
Reviewer: Da'Judge - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - March 31, 2006
Subject: FYI
I personally don't do the maryjuana scene, but hemp is the future of alternative fuels. Too bad that the greedy nature of humans have ruined our enviroment with crude oil based products. There have been many alternative fuel developers that studied the hemp seed oil. In fact, a standard diesel engine can be converted to run on pollution-free hemp seed oil. They have also developed home heating conversions as well. How long are we going to allow the rich oil barons dictate our lives with enviromentally threatening fuels such as crude oil, even the extraction of crude oil causes pollution...
Reviewer: Emperor Ho - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - February 9, 2006
Subject: Hemp is NOT POT
This is a great film to show just one of the uses for Hemp, which for those not knowing the difference is NOT Marijuana to get High on. You could smoke a truckload and not get even close to high. The products being delivered from this plant today in Europe and Canada are long indeed. But the narrow minded dolts in charge in this country have been programmed for so long as to its being evil I fear that only a brain transplant will unconvince them.
Such a sad state of affairs we have today in the U.S.A.;so, anyone know of a good brain transplant surgeon?
P.S. Google Hemp and Henry Ford for a real surprise.
Reviewer: Spuzz - favoritefavoritefavorite - November 8, 2005
Subject: Hemp for Hoodwinking
This is the type of film that pro-hemp people like to jump on as proof that marijuana (carefully not mentioned here, itÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂs all hemp!) has some other uses too!! In this case, we have a film from 1942 that discusses why hemp is so important in the war effort, No, it wasnÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂt used as a drug, but mostly for ropes. We see how this hemp is harvested.. and oh my, the plants CAN grow to quite a height. But showing all of this and then going into the production of rope is a bit boring, but IÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂm sure that the hemp people donÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂt mind, as this film IÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂm sure will boost their ÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂcauseÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂ I guess, which is always laughable to begin with. I mean, are we to believe that 95% of the people who want the marijuana laws repealed believe it will benefit the textile and rope industry? I doubt it.
Reviewer: Ben Brown - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - June 27, 2005
Subject: William Randolph Herst
Is was Hearst Publications that you can thank for the orignal propaganda that eventually led to the ruling that hemp should be a controlled substance. As you may know, Hearst ran basically all journalism/newspapers across the control at the turn of the century. Since he needed paper to print, he had a large stake in the lumber industry. Seeing the impact that an annual and renewable crop could have on his lumber holdings he created what is known as "red journalism" to convince the public of the evils of hemp (and pot). Hearst was a very powerful person in his day and had many high-level ties in the government - therefore is wasn't too hard to get the bill passed outlawing hemp as a cash crop. Thank you to the big money-hungry corporations for the destruction of our national forests when we could be growing hemp...which is not of smoking grade anyway. But try to convince the public otherwise now would be virtually impossible.
Reviewer: opt17 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - June 11, 2005
Subject: *
the only way they'll bring hemp back is if they control it all
Reviewer: snowrider - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - May 30, 2005
Subject: Hemp For Victory
Hemp has a perfect balance of omega three, six and nine fatty acids essential for health. It should be time for it to be legalized. Especially since hemp has no psychoactive properties, and it makes durable clothes without harming the environment.
Reviewer: bluuzman66 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - May 24, 2005
Subject: Hemp for Victory
I was amazed and dumbfounded that the very same government that NOW and THEN criminalizes hemp and everything connected to it decided to promote it to win the war in 1942. I believe every citizen of the US needs to see this clip for themselves. Maybe then this country will pull its "head out of its ass"! Until then I will continue to help the "cause" until I get tired and decide to move BACK to Europe, where people are treated as FREE citizens! ! !
Reviewer: Genesis 1:12 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - January 28, 2005
Subject: End Endless War
"Iran, Iraq, and North Korea form an Axis of Evil." -George W. Bush

The last time American soldiers faced an unprecedented shortage of supplies to defend our nations freedom against an Axis of Evil, we legalized POT.
Now, with our soldiers in an "endless, global" war, fighting without armour or supplies, it is time to give our troops a steady supply of the worlds strongest natural fiber again.
Support our troops! GROW MORE POT!!!
This film gets 5 stars for having the potential to end deforestation, the Greenhouse Effect, and endless global war for oil.
Reviewer: inputOverride - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - October 18, 2004
All I have to say is Goddamn the DuPont corporation for doing the things that they do. Was it THAT important for your plastic manufacturing. (Read "The Emperor Wears No Clothes" by Jack Herer and you'll understand"). These things should be common knowledge to the people so we don't keep hearing about how hemp and marijuana are EVIL and is here to DESTROY... what a load of crap. 5 starts from my part
Reviewer: 1mile2go - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - March 16, 2004
Subject: Hemp 4 Fiber
A Good WWII Film, about the war effort at home. The US govt. in an attempt to get farmers to change crops to the production of hemp for fiber shows how to grow and harvest. In order to supply the war effort with enough rope to replace the loss of sources due to Japan's controlling the areas of supply in Southeast Asia.
This film has parallels to today it is one thing to resurrect a supply of simple raw materials in time of need. But would it be as simple to restore whole industries such as steel and electronic and other manufacturing industries that have moved to the same regions i.e. (Communist China) today?
Reviewer: spillinglight - favoritefavorite - March 12, 2004
Subject: hemp for victory
a must see for the serious hemp enthusiast. This film shows how propaganda works pro hemp, unfortunately the logging industry, with it's strong links with the oil industry subsequently rubbished hemp, and thus destroyed a very valuable crop incentive...
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